David Aldridge Architecture (now registered as Aldridge Architecture LLP) was formed in 1997 and is based in Norwich, Norfolk.
The practice has, over the years, built up an extensive catalogue of work including domestic extensions and refurbishment, new build, historic building projects, work for Local Authorities and Building Preservation Trusts. We have developed a range of specialist skills for projects involving challenging planning and conservation issues on sensitive sites but also applied these skills to a whole range of activities whether this is a project for a new porch or a large conservation scheme.
Each project is designed and run by David Aldridge RIBA, who is an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC). Working as a sole practitioner David is responsible for every aspect of a job and is backed up by an administrative team of secretary and practice manager. Additional architectural help can be provided by colleagues if a project demands it.
Our approach to each new job is always to listen to the client and to try and interpret and develop their ideas in order to achieve a successful project outcome. The practice strives at all times to provide a friendly, high quality design service to meet the client’s needs and available budget. In each case the design solution will represent a balance between the client’s brief, site constraints, planning criteria, technical and energy performance/sustainability issues and most importantly the available budget. Cost checks on a project are carried out at regular intervals in the design process so that the client can monitor overall project costs including construction cost, professional fees and statutory payments to Local Authorities etc.
Particular emphasis is always given on any project to energy conservation from its early stages, but the approach will vary from projects involving existing buildings (retro fitting etc.) to new build. The adaptation of historic buildings for improved energy performance is always possible to a degree, but the range of measures adopted will vary from one project to another.
An initial meeting with the client to discuss a potential project is always carried out free of charge and the resulting Fee Proposal itemised to provide a clear indication of the outlay on professional fees for each stage of the project. Each resulting Fee Proposal is accompanied by DAA's standard ‘Conditions of Employment’ document which explains in detail the background to a typical architectural project and its associated fee structure.
The website has been arranged to give an overview of the range of work carried out by the practice.
David Aldridge RIBA